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    Test Kits

    Morning all, my test kits are out of date, could anyone recommend a decent kit that' reasonably priced? was also looking at digital ph testers are they any good cus half the time liquid ones are hard to read. cheers



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    I used Colombo, seem pretty reasonable to me

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    The API kits are good value for money as contain lots of reagent and work well. You need to buy the KH kit as a separate item tho unfortunately.
    Lots of people also rate the Colombo kit.

    pH probes are nice, but can be a pain to calibrate, you need special solutions for that, and the probes don’t last forever so are best seen as a semi-consumable item.

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    API or Colombo are fairly good kits

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    i have always used colombo reasonably priced and accurate.

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    Api. Just watch what set as some only have wide range pH and no kh

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    Been using API kit since last summer. Seems good.

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    Hi mate,

    I have some competitively priced Colombo test lab kits in stock if you are still looking

    Cheers

    Gaz

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    Morning all, my test kits are out of date, could anyone recommend a decent kit that' reasonably priced? was also looking at digital ph testers are they any good cus half the time liquid ones are hard to read. cheers
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    There is a tendency among us Japanese hobbyists to look down on those who rely on such test kits as if they were tropical fish keepers.
    Those who use their own experience to obtain and maintain better water quality tend to be more highly regarded. (*īд`*)ハァハァ;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naoki Atsumi View Post
    There is a tendency among us Japanese hobbyists to look down on those who rely on such test kits as if they were tropical fish keepers.
    Those who use their own experience to obtain and maintain better water quality tend to be more highly regarded. (*īд`*)ハァハァ;
    Wow ainít you just ray of sunshine, quite frankly mate, your opinion means is nothing, I havenít used a test kit in over a year on my pond and my marine tank even longer, yet all is well. Iím sure any noobs to the hobby on here looking for advise will come running in your direction because you clearly must be the font of all knowledge, anyway nice way to disrespect forum members Test Kits end of conversation with you my friend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Naoki Atsumi View Post
    There is a tendency among us Japanese hobbyists to look down on those who rely on such test kits as if they were tropical fish keepers.
    Those who use their own experience to obtain and maintain better water quality tend to be more highly regarded. (*īд`*)ハァハァ;
    In the UK we very much look down on people who do not test their water regularly and subsequently lose fish to pH crashes, ammonia/nitrite spikes or chlorine passing a dechlorinator.

    There are people who prefer to sail by the seat of their pants and only act when fish are clearly unwell. There are also people who think they are so knowledgable and things are so stable in their pond that there is no need. However these people do get caught out. The good thing about members of a forum like this is that there is really nobody who fails to monitor their water quality through ignorance. If you choose not to, then it’s up to you, and I promise to still try and help you if you have problems even if you caused them yourself by neglect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feline View Post
    In the UK we very much look down on people who do not test their water regularly and subsequently lose fish to pH crashes, ammonia/nitrite spikes or chlorine passing a dechlorinator.

    There are people who prefer to sail by the seat of their pants and only act when fish are clearly unwell. There are also people who think they are so knowledgable and things are so stable in their pond that there is no need. However these people do get caught out. The good thing about members of a forum like this is that there is really nobody who fails to monitor their water quality through ignorance. If you choose not to, then itís up to you, and I promise to still try and help you if you have problems even if you caused them yourself by neglect
    Haha lol well said feline all true. Speaking from experience of being lax with tests and changes over winter and suffering the crash from hell. Lesson well and truly learnt and hope others will learn from it to

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